City of Livingston
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Chief of Police
City of Livingston, California
Annual Salary: $134,230 - $163,158 DOE/DOQ

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The City of Livingston seeks an ethical, engaging, and community-driven Chief of Police to oversee the mission and functions of its Police Department. The Chief of Police (Chief) will have oversight of 33 staff and an annual departmental budget of approximately $4.8 million. They will represent the Department in City Council meetings, interface with the press and media, effectively engage with the public, and build lasting and genuine relationships with all. The Chief will exercise leadership and command at the Police Department (Department) and ensure that Officers and staff are adequately prepared for all situations and circumstances. Above all, the successful candidate will be well versed in creative and effective community policing, building trust with citizens, and keeping the community and people they serve safe. The Chief of Police will be an innovative, encouraging, inclusive, and knowledgeable administrator. Join us in shaping a safe, united future for Livingston—your leadership can make a difference!


The ideal candidate for this position will be experienced in the planning, organization, and direction of police operations including patrol, traffic and law enforcement, and administration. Because this is a smaller department in a rural community, the Chief of Police will effectively manage the Department’s budget, personnel, and all administrative functions. They will perform cost control activities and monitor fiscal operations; oversee and approve the purchase of weaponry and equipment; and ensure maintenance of vehicles. The Chief will also represent the City at regional conferences and communicate with other law enforcement agencies, City personnel, outside organizations, and the public to address concerns and coordinate efforts to keep the community safe. 


The Chief will support Officers in their thorough investigations into criminal wrongdoing, interview and investigation techniques, and be familiar with legal definitions and terminology of crimes at the local, state, and federal level. The successful candidate will have experience with public relations in policing and will be capable of interfacing with the public and the media while holding press conferences and giving important updates.